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DevNW Brings Lunch & Learning to Kids in Corvallis

DevNW, an organization formed by the recent merger of Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services and NEDCO, strives to build and grow Northwest communities through individual, family, neighborhood and business development.

“We envision a future when Pacific Northwest individuals, families and neighborhoods have access to financial opportunity, affordable homes, vibrant small businesses and thriving, healthy communities,” said Rebecka Weinsteiger, thriving communities manager for DevNW.

Several factors go into a successful family, including opportunities for youth while their parents are working. DevNW has offered a youth lunch and activity program each summer since 2017 in Corvallis, and Samaritan has partnered on this effort with Social Accountability grants.

With this funding and support from other community partners, DevNW has grown the program to include nutrition and gardening programming, as well as arts and sports activities with equipment the organization has been able to purchase. Between 15 and 30 kids of all ages attend the daily program during the summer months.

“Samaritan’s grant in 2017 was instrumental in building the program,” Weinsteiger said. “In 2019, we sustained the program for an additional year and we will do so again in 2020. If we had not received these funds, we may have never been able to enrich the summer lunch meal program with opportunities for youth – many of whom would otherwise miss out on enrichment programs – to get outside, connect with positive role models, grow and eat healthy food, and play sports and games.”

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In 2019, DevNW:

  • Held 49 after-lunch healthy activity clubs
  • Served 48 families throughout the summer
  • Averaged 21 kids and 35 meals at each club event
  • Used 150 items of local produce for the final lunch event
  • Club activities included physical games and activities, as well as nutritious snack preparations
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Other Partners Supporting Programs & Services for Healthy Families

  • Boys & Girls Club of Albany
  • Corvallis Environmental Center
  • Fish of Albany
  • Fish of Lebanon
  • Fresh and Local First
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Neighbors for Kids
  • Philomath School Counseling Team
  • Sweet Home & Lebanon Downtown Farmer’s Market
  • Sweet Home Emergency Ministries
  • YMCA of the Mid-Willamette